Well, so it seems. WD Black has 5 year warranty.
Can you explain to me in plain terms why I should buy drive X and not drive Y when drive X is more expensive, warranty is the same than in drive Y and reliability not known any better than in drive Y?
Sorry but this is really getting mindboggling.
I meant that HDD's are not (mostly) serviceable -> hence the analogy between car repair and part costs and HDD repair costs are invalid = service is not an issue.
If a have a Seagate drive and it fails, I go to the shops and have it replaced under the warranty. And if a have a WD blue drive and it fails, I go the shops and have it replaced under the warranty.
So in 36 months time, either drive that fails - I have to do the same thing. So I reason that it doesn't matter which one I buy, upon failure the procedure, warranty time and the "fine print" is the same (parts and labor are covered) - hence warranty is not an issue.
Remember, I used to sell computer equipment. And I quoted another user in the reliability issue - "reliability of HDD's is predominantly unknown for any model, for many months after it's been released." - which I agree.
And yes - I've personally had many drives that have crashed and they came in all brands available here (Seagate, Samsung, Maxtor, WD, Hitachi) so I can not make an assumption regarding brand vs. reliability. Because they all failed on me.
As I was selling those (by the hundreds) the defect rate in different brands (over long periods of time) weren't that far off of each other. That was in extended period of time so faulty batches didn't distort the defect rate that much.
And as you said, not anyone can go and buy multiple drives for redundancy in case that one fails. It costs too much. And as I said, not anyone can go and buy the most expensive drives available for apparent reliability and extended warranties.